LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "It's extremely frustrating," Frank Kelly begins. It is an age-old rivalry; bikers versus drivers. Kayla Applegate adds, "It's frustrating and a little scary honestly." Now, it is getting out of hand and becoming dangerous.
Frank Kelly explains, "People in my group picked up handfuls of these tacks." Last week, Kelly and his cycling group were riding along a popular trail in Little Rock when they all stumbled upon a mass of upholstery tacks that were dumped along the route. Kelly and several others ended up with flat tires and no option other than to quit and call for a ride.
"It's really scary, more than anything, that as cyclists we now have to worry about someone intentionally trying to hurt us," Applegate says. Bikers traveling along highway 300 near Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Two Rivers Park have reported repeated dumpings of thousands of these tacks along popular bike routes. Applegate adds, "and I thought, well we need something. Some sort of action."
Kayla Applegate has now started a petition on www.change.org. Her goal is to collect between 500 and 1000 signatures before asking the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department and Little Rock city officials to monitor the Arkansas River Trail in hopes of deterring people from dumping tacks along the routes.
Kelly says, "We can cohabitate. There's no reason why we can't share the road."
To check out the petition, click here: http://on.kthv.com/1tVohGI.